Living without water: Atacama fog catching nets

The Atacama desert is on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Cold sea currents cool the hot desert air and produce huge blankets of fog in the atmosphere and the on shore wind from the sea sweeps the fog inland. Cactus plants thrive by capturing the water in the fog. As the fog hits the cacti, it condenses turning from water vapour into liquid. Animals drink the water droplets, which is a vital source of water for them. Humans have found a way to copy nature and capture this water too. By positioning huge nets on the top of a hill. The nets trap the fog, creating droplets of water, just like the cacti obtaining water.

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